Top 20 finish for Austin running coach in Boston Marathon

Scott MacPherson

BOSTON (KXAN) — A year after bombs killed three people at the Boston Marathon, an American won the race for the first time in more than three decades. A man with ties to Austin was just nine minutes behind the winner.

Scott MacPherson trains and coaches runners in Austin. He’s been with Rogue Running for several years now.  This was his first time running the Boston Marathon, and he says it was a once in a lifetime experience.

“It was emotional. It was exciting. It was nerve-racking. It was awesome,” said MacPherson.

The 27-year-old wanted to complete the course in 2 hours, 15 minutes. He missed by just a couple of minutes, but he finished in the top 20.

“If a bad day at the office is 19th in the Boston Marathon, I think I’m doing alright,” he said.

MacPherson grew up in Plano and after college joined Rogue Running to train and, ultimately, to coach.

“Once I saw the community that Rogue had built in Austin I was just hooked,” said MacPherson. “I love, love, love coaching the athletes at Rogue. It was a really amazing experience for me to see the marathon and to see road racing and training form a different aspect.”

MacPherson won the Capital 10K in Austin just weeks earlier. His fourth marathon race–the Boston Marathon–was like no other.

“I was pretty emotional the whole weekend, and I definitely kind of broke down at the end of the race, because it was a tough race for me,” he said. “I also realized I’d just completed this epic marathon, and I had been a part of something really special that I can tell my kids and grandkids about.”

The city, he says, was different, too.

“I could feel it the moment I landed in Boston. This entire city is changed,” said MacPherson.

Of the 26 miles, the start and finish will stay with him forever.

“Having thousands of people chant my name and ‘U-S-A’, it’s a really special race, and I was really happy to be a part of it.”

MacPherson has a marathon coming up this fall, and he says he definitely wants to do the Boston Marathon again. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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